Introduction: Paper Mache Light Shade
This light shade can be a trendy alternative for old lamps. Older children and teens may particularly enjoy the varied light pattern that it creates.
It is a fun project to make with kids and the design can be easily altered to match your room.
Step 1: Materials for the Glue
- 1/2 cup Plain Flour
- 1 cup Water
Step 2: Making the Glue
Place the flour in the saucepan
Add half of the water and stir thoroughly to make a smooth paste
Add remaining water and stir
Put on heat, bring to boil, stirring constantly.
Turn heat to low, stir until thickens
If the glue seems to be too thick add some more water.
If you are working with children it can be fun to add some food colouring to make the glue coloured.
Step 3: Materials for Light Shade
- Plastic Bags
- Homemade Glue
Step 4: Protect Your Workspace
Place the plastic bags on the floor where you will be working
Step 5: Blow Up a Balloon
Blow up a balloon
Secure with a knot
It doesn't matter what colour the balloon is as you will pull it out at the end
Step 6: Prepare the Paper
Tear up a couple of pieces of paper
You can tear the paper into sizes of your choice, the size of the paper will determine the pattern once your light is turned on
Step 7: Support Your Work
It makes it easier to place your balloon in a cup or container when covering it.
This will prevent it from sticking to the plastic bags and will stop it from rolling around
Step 8: Cover the Balloon
Dip your fingers into the glue and put a layer onto the balloon
Place some paper on top of the glue
Cover all of the paper with some more glue
Continue doing this until the whole balloon is covered, it doesn't matter if there are some gaps
I find that this works best if you allow the first layer to dry, before putting on a second layer
Step 9: Second Layer
Once it has dried, place another layer of paper on, following step 6
Again don't be too careful. The areas with less layers will let more light through.
I added three layers in total.
The maximum amount of layers that you will want to do is three, depending on how thick your paper is. Be careful not to do two many layers as the light won't shine through.
Step 10: Pop the Balloon
Once you have finished putting the paper on and have allowed it to dry, pop the balloon.
The balloon may not come out straight away, you can either very carefully cut it out or wait as it will slowly shrink
Step 11: Neatening the Edge
Place some glue on the outside of the edge and the inside
Take a small piece of paper and fold it over the edge (as shown above)
Cover the paper in glue so it will stick
Step 12: Finished Light Shade
Grab an old lamp and replace the shade with your new DIY one.
For safety in kids rooms, use a globe with a lower wattage. I chose a wattage of two.
I have also used this same technique to make pinata's. Make sure you cover the whole balloon and don't add too many layers as it makes it harder to break.